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# The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9

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21 Nov 2006, 20:14
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The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts.
(A) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts
(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts
(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue
(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues
(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts
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Re: SC - Surplus Machinery [#permalink]

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21 Nov 2006, 20:18
arjsingh1976 wrote:
The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts.
(A) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts
(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts
(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue
(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues
(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts

Had to decide between A and E.

Will go for E.

Sale is starting at a particular point of time...and then an action is continuing. E would express the continuing action better.
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21 Nov 2006, 20:19
Can't choose between A and E.
Finally picked A. I can't see anything wrong with the sentence.
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21 Nov 2006, 20:38
I am going to stick with A on this, don't see anything wrong.
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21 Nov 2006, 21:56
Will go for E. I think usage of 'as long as' is better than until here.
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22 Nov 2006, 11:32
It's between A and E.

I would pick A will begin .... and continue until.....

When decided when the the two I had to consider when I would say will continue until..... and for as long as.......

What's the OA?
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23 Nov 2006, 03:35
Was also considering between (A) and (E)

Opted for (E)

(A) 'continue until the supply lasts ' --> akward structure + ambiguity in meaning
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23 Nov 2006, 04:45
Why is 'until' wrong here and 'as long as' is preferrable.

OA is E but still I don't understand the reason of choosing E over A!
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23 Nov 2006, 05:34
until can only be followed by an instant action, so that you first action stops at the "until" clause. If it is a lasting action, then when exactly does ur first action stop?
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21 Jun 2007, 06:42
tennis_ball wrote:
until can only be followed by an instant action, so that you first action stops at the "until" clause. If it is a lasting action, then when exactly does ur first action stop?

Thanks!

Until signifies two non-simultaneous actions, therefore ABC are all wrong. D is wrong because of its bad sentence structure.

begins at 9am and....it continues.

Therefore E
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21 Jun 2007, 14:13
E as well.

"until" needs to relate to a definite time.. Like when you say: "I will stay until 9:00"
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21 Jun 2007, 23:54
baer wrote:
E as well.

"until" needs to relate to a definite time.. Like when you say: "I will stay until 9:00"

as bmwhype2 pointed out, "until" signifies non-simultaneous actions. This SC requires simultaneous actions.
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Re: SC - Surplus Machinery [#permalink]

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31 May 2011, 00:39
I chose option (A) over (E) thinking it might be an issue with concision.
Re: SC - Surplus Machinery   [#permalink] 31 May 2011, 00:39
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